On a Hot Satchmo Sunday


Taller than all the rest.

And on the third day.

Yes. Third day of posting images from the Stachmo birthday second line, and the Stachmo Summer Fest, and I’m happy to say that I’ve got plenty of images to share. Sometimes, that can sort of become an issue.

But, my mojo sort of came back — even if it’s only for a short time — on Sunday.

I did the things that I can do, and wisely stayed away from what I couldn’t. I worked the front end of the parade where I thought some of the best action would be. I did not try to walk the entire length. That would have likely killed me. Or, if not. I’d likely still be recovering.

Here we are two days later,  and I took the dogs for a long morning walk, coming home just dripping from sweat. And, embracing it.

That’s the trick.

The easy stuff is easy. The hard stuff is the thing you should embrace.

Yes. Getting old is not for the faint of heart. But, it should mean that those of us who are getting old are also getting wiser. Or, not. Ask me about this tomorrow. Heh!

Waiting. Just waiting.
Starting them young.

The pictures. Just pretty much doing what I do. I wander around, smile a lot and ask with my gestures if anybody minds. Obviously some folks have posed for me. Others, not so much. Even in the bottom picture, I asked. See the guy with the baseball cap, sunglasses and beer in hand? He’s finishing his nod, “yes.”

Oh, and about the women on the stilts? It’s my fault that I don’t know her. She’s been out there for the last four or five years with a male partner. It’s my loss that I don’t know them.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at Ray@Laskowitzpicturess.com or Pictures34@me.com. For a quick look at my work please go to www.laskowitzpictures.com.

4 thoughts on “On a Hot Satchmo Sunday

    1. Keep in mind that I’ve been “on the street” for a long time. Even if we don’t know each other, I have sort of a street cred for just being there. More importantly, I always say thank you and give them a business card if they want it. 🙂

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      1. I understand, it’s not just the nod itself, it is who is doing the nodding. It’s the RLN, the Ray Laskowitz Nod. 🙂 It makes sense that you’ve developed a reputation that can be trusted. I’ve asked people if I can take their photo a couple of times and they get all wooden and posey. And once, not too long ago in a very small town (like the one where I grew up), there was no response at all, but the man looked at me like I had a third eye and I just silently backed away.

        Anyway, thanks for the tip and I’ll get a business card made for Glover Gardens straightaway. Not that I’ll be a kick-butt photographer like you (ever), but at least there will be something that folks can reference.

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      2. See today’s post. It’s not jus me. I learned form some great photographers before me, and some still out there today. The trick to not having people pose for you is to take your time. Let them pose. When they relax take the real picture. There is a school of portrait photography in which you center the very posed people in the middle of the scene, back up enough to get all of them in the frame and make your picture.

        I only give people cards if they ask for pictures, or if they want some kind of proof. If they want a picture, they have to reach out to me. I confuse them sometimes, when I accidentally hand them a milkingbull card. Heh!

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